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Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer --Will Explore the Planet-Sized Ganymede, Europa, Callisto (VIDEO)

17 Jul 2017, 14:26 UTC
Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer --Will Explore the Planet-Sized Ganymede, Europa, Callisto (VIDEO)
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It may be five years away from launch, and over a decade before our Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer reaches the gas giant and its icy moons, but preparations are well under way. Ganymede and Europa are both prime suspects for life in our solar system. In March of 2015, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope revealed the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon shown above. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface. Identifying liquid water is crucial in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth and for the search for life, as we know it. Scientists estimate the ocean is 60 miles (100 kilometers) thick -- 10 times deeper than Earth's oceans -- and is buried under a 95-mile (150-kilometer) crust of mostly ice.

This new artist's impression depicts the final spacecraft design, the construction of which is being overseen by Airbus Defence and Space. The spacecraft's solar wings form a distinctive cross-shape totaling 97 sq m, the largest ever flown on an interplanetary mission. The size is essential to generate sufficient power – around 850 W – for the instruments and spacecraft so ...

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